Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was invited to write the catalog essay for the 32nd Annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival.
Her essay, "Moana: Robert Flaherty, Frances Flaherty, and Documentary Fantasies," analyzes the history of Flaherty's 1926 film Moana, shot in Samoa. The docudrama prompted British producer and critic John Grierson to coin the term "documentary." This rarely seen film raises significant issues about fantasies of uncontaminated paradises and the ethics of documentary representation. Later, in the 1970s, Flaherty's daughter Monica and direct cinema legend Richard Leacock added new sound to the film, further complicating its history.
Filmmakers Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton will screen their film, These Amazing Shadows, at Ithaca College on March 5 at 6 p.m. in the Park Auditorium. Following the film will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
These Amazing Shadows is an 88-minute documentary that tells the history and importance of the Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and the American experience itself.
National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson will give a public lecture on Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.
In addition to assignments for National Geographic, Johnson has also work for LIFE, Sports Illustrated and various foundations. She has traveled all over the world and even photographed notables such Tiger Woods and the entire Supreme Court. However, according to her biography, her favorite assignments “are emotionally demanding stories about ordinary people.”
Her visit campus is part of a unique community partnership that includes pairing student photographers with local organizations. The Park Award for Photo Activism Project is in its first year. Participating students are enrolled in a documentary photography class taught by Professor Janice Levy. As their class assignment, students will provide in-depth visual explorations of the contributions these organizations make to their constituencies and our community. While Johnson is in Ithaca, she will visit the class and offer feedback on student’s work.
ITHACA, NY — “Kings Point,” an Academy Award nominee in the category of Documentary Short Subject, was coproduced by Susannah Ludwig, a 1993 graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications.
The film tells the stories of five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort — men...
Tom Nicholson, associate professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, served as editorial consultant on the upcoming Silicon Valley, part of the American Experience series on PBS. The show is scheduled to air on Tuesday, February 5 at 9 p.m. on WNCY.
Silicon Valley features Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip and how it re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age.
Nicholson has worked on previous PBS broadcasts, including another American Experience film, Goldrush, and an episode of Fabric of the Cosmos, a four-part series for Nova, which was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy.